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Bogitsh Lectures

Vanderbilt University Divinity School announces the 2015 Bogitsh Lecture

to be delivered by 


Douglas A. Knight, Ph.D.

Drucilla Moore Buffington Professor of Hebrew Bible, Vanderbilt Divinity School

and Professor of Jewish Studies, College of Arts and Science, Vanderbilt University


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4:10 p.m.

Vanderbilt Divinity School, Reading Room


The Power and the Story:

Context and Subtext of the Hebrew Bible

Despite centuries of study, there is still much that eludes us regarding the nature and origins of the Hebrew Bible. Among the most elusive issues is the functioning of power, which not only had an impact on the lives of the people of antiquity but also influenced the contents of the biblical tradition, in effect the cultural memory that we inherit today. The biblical story was affected, perhaps even determined, by the political and economic powers of that time. By interweaving literary indications with historical and social clues, we can hope for a more nuanced picture of what the Bible represents and how it came to be.
The Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Memorial Lecture was established by a gift from Professor Emeritus Burton Bogitsh and his family in honor of Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh. Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh grew up as a Baptist in a small farming community in west Texas, where her mother Una Hooper Carlisle, taught her the principle of religious tolerance. Mafoi studied comparative religion at Baylor University and cultivated a profound interest in various world religions and the cultures from which they arose. This interest grew when she married Burton, a man of Jewish heritage, and both involved themselves with the Unitarian tradition. The Mafoi Carlisle Bogitsh Memorial Lecture honors Mafoi’s lifelong interest in the interplay between culture and religious expression.


This lecture is free and open to the public.